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Livonia company focuses on R&D, consulting.

In an increasingly fast-paced and fast-changing marketplace, knowledge is often the key to survival. Sherry Bondy, business development manager at Livonia-based Siamanto, told us how consulting helps companies make better use of the investments they’ve made in software and hardware.

Tell us a little about Siamanto.

Siamanto is a research, development, and consulting firm in the information technology and innovation sector. We are a professional IT services organization, specializing in e-business and telecommunications consulting, product lifecycle management consulting, and solutions delivery methodology/project management consulting services. Our specialists have a broad range of technical expertise in the fields of relational and hierarchical databases, client/server applications, Web applications, and thin-client and portal technologies.

Who started Siamanto and why?

Siamanto was started with a vision of providing quality information technology services to emerging and middle tier organizations as well as large corporations. The goal was to ensure smaller corporations can get the same level of handle and expertise on IT and product lifecycle management solutions as their larger counterparts.

What are some of the most common IT problems that businesses come to you with?

Our customers come to us for help with product data management, engineering collaboration, supply chain management, e-business implementation, ROI justification, emerging technology migration, and Web Services implementation.

What is the background or training of your consultants?

Our consultants are independent professionals with industry expertise. They can support unique and niche business consulting requirements. Most of our technology consultants have educational backgrounds ranging from computer sciences, industrial and manufacturing engineering, marketing, management, and telecommunications. They also have professional experience in the telecommunications industry (Ameritech, Sprint), automotive consulting (Ford, GM, Chrysler), supply chain consulting, product lifecycle management implementations (Metaphase, Matrix One), and collaborative product commerce consulting

How has your business fared in the economic slowdown, and how have you coped?

Enterprises, now more than ever, are realizing the value and overkill of IT investments and are challenging ROI justification from their IT counterparts. Since we also focus on customer focused, ROI justifiable models before initiating any implementation, we were able to contain our customers and even grow marginally. The PLM industry went through major acquisitions and mergers during the economic slowdown, which has forced corporations to spend on PLM implementation consulting to ensure their internal strategies can survive these mergers.

How many employees work for Siamanto?

It varies due to the fact we do subcontracting. At any given time it has been up to 30 employees.

What sets you apart from your competition in this industry?

Niche PLM consulting, backed by implementation support, and experts with proven success in major automotive accounts, with breakthrough implementation strategies that have helped key customers realize major cost and time savings.

Who are your typical customers — small businesses, or large businesses?

Most of our customers are small to medium businesses, with a focus on the automotive supply chain.

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